NEW YORK: A television actress accused former President George H.W. Bush of touching her from behind while she was posing for a photo alongside him and telling her a dirty joke several years ago.
Heather Lind said in a now-deleted Instagram post that the incident took place while she was posing for a photo with Bush and his wife during a promotional tour for her AMC series “TURN: Washington’s Spies.” Lind appears alongside the now-93-year-old Bush, who’s seated in a wheelchair, in a photo together at a Houston screening of the series in 2014.
Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement: “President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind.”
Lind described the incident as sexual assault, writing, “He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side.
She added that Bush “told me a dirty joke” then touched her again while Barbara Bush rolled her eyes.
“His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo,” Lind wrote.